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Nitrous Oxide and Xenon Increase the Efficacy of GABA at Recombinant Mammalian GABAA Receptors

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The anesthetic gases nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and xenon increase the activity of a mammalian GABAA receptor. This receptor is held responsible for the inhibition of important actions of the human brain, e.g., maintenance of consciousness and awareness.

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